Today’s release presents the largest improvement of DigiSpoke to date. Over the last three months, we’ve worked extremely closely with our most loyal customers, spoken to hundreds of users and gathered a wealth of data on what a perfect project management product should be. I’m proud to say that your opinions and our effort have resulted in twelve great features that are now available for everyone to use and empower their teams.
Multiple Projects on a Single Screen
It’s now possible to display as many projects on one screen as there are in a workspace. Starting today, clicking on a project in the navigation pane will display it on the task graph within a color shaded area. Clicking the project in the navigation pane again closes it. As you click on more projects in the navigation pane, each will get displayed in its own area with a unique color background. The projects will be stacked one on top of another in the same order as they’re shown in the navigation pane. It’s now also possible to change their order. More on that below. The entire stack of projects will always be centered on the task graph. As your projects grow vertically, the shaded project areas will expand. Double clicking on a project area will create a standalone task in that project. Double-clicking on a non-shaded area will simply center the screen.
Connect Tasks in Different Projects
You can now drag connections from a task in one project to a task in a different project. With both projects shown on the task graph, simply drag a dependency from one task to another. Connections can only be made between tasks. It’s not possible to make a connection between a node representing the start of a project and a task in a different project. Once tasks across projects are connected, if one of the projects is closed, the task in that project is still shown. However, we only show a stub that represents the task to let you know that there are external dependencies related to the currently opened project.
Subtasks on the Graph and Schedule
By popular demand, subtasks are now represented directly on the task graph and can be configured, estimated, discussed, assigned and followed like all other tasks. Subtasks will now show up on the schedule as well, with the option to collapse them by clicking the arrow in the left column. Creating new subtasks is easier than ever. We’ve designed a new drag area on each parent task that can be used to create a many subtasks as you want by dragging on to the task graph. Subtasks are connected to their parents via a dotted line. Multiple subtasks can be linked together with dependencies, much like standard tasks, as long as they below to the same parent task. These dependencies are shown with a similar dotted line, which can be deleted, causing the linked subtasks to turn into a standard subtask.
Select and Move Multiple Tasks at Once
Keeping larger projects organized can be tricky, so we’ve made it a lot easier by adding the ability to select and move multiple tasks. Simply hold down the Control key (Windows) or Command key (Mac) or Shift key (either system) while clicking on tasks to select multiple tasks at once. Then drag one of the tasks in your selection and all selected tasks will move. Presto!
It’s possible to change the order of your projects on the task graph. There is now a node on the task graph that represents the project and contains various data related to the project. With more than one project on the graph, simply drag the project node onto a different project area. The order will change appropriately and any connections between the projects will be maintained. The order will also change in the navigation pane in the lower left corner of the screen.
Better Date Predictions and Time Estimation
Time estimates are now more accurately processed and DigiSpoke will now make a more accurate determination of when a task will start, based on your timezone. For example, creating a task on the weekend will result in DigiSpoke predicting a task start for the following work day. Of course, you can always change the start and end dates manually, as before. Manually setting task progress will now result in a much more sophisticated prediction for when the task will end.
DigiSpoke is Much Faster, Including Asana Connectivity
We spent a lot of time optimizing the performance of the application and we think you’ll enjoy the upgraded user experience. Projects now open and close much faster. Tasks refresh in a fraction of the time. We’ve made huge improvements to how we connect with Asana. We no longer check Asana for updates after each change that you make. However, your changes in DigiSpoke continue to make it into Asana in real-time. To sync the latest changes from Asana, we’ve created a new sync button on the project information node. Simply hit this button and the latest data from Asana will get pulled in.
Better Email Notifications
No one likes being bombarded with loads of email. Unfortunately, that used to happen when users would take a series of actions in DigiSpoke. From now on, we aggregate all email notifications resulting from project/task updates so you no longer receive more than one email every 15 minutes. The notification email has been redesigned as well. We think you’ll love it.
Redesigned User Experience
We’ve upgraded the look and feel of DigiSpoke. Nearly every aspect of the application has been optimized, including the sign-in page. All the colors have been refined and optimized for readability and a better overall experience. Just about every action you can take in the product has been tuned for speed, so you can wait less and get more done.
We’ve included new zoom levels that enable you to see more without hiding valuable information. It’s now possible to zoom out slightly and still see all the estimates and dates associated with a task. Zooming further will hide some information as before, but it’s now possible to zoom out further than ever before. Zoom speed has increased as well, so go ahead and zoom away. You’ll get more done and see more while doing it!
Clickable URLs in Chat
Pasting URLs in the task comments chat window will now automatically turn them into links. That’s it. No frills, but turns out to be pretty important.
Modify Dates in the Schedule
Schedules are made for displaying dates, but now you can modify them as well. A label next to each date will now tell you what type of date is being shown. DigiSpoke distinguishes between predicted dates, manually set dates and actual dates. We update which date we show you based on the status of the task. However, you can always get a complete rundown on dates for any task by opening its details pane (those three dots in the upper-right corder of every task)
We hope you enjoy using the newly upgraded DigiSpoke experience. As always, we have you, our loyal customers and users to thank for all the great ideas, feedback and support. We’d love to hear what you think, so don’t be shy, drop as a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to hear from you.
Mike and the DigiSpoke team